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VUIT Digital Arts

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

Class Website -

Subject: REM - Research Methods

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 03imagine


Today's Class


// objective

to hear and see someone’s transition from VU into industry.

to expand your knowledge and understanding of creativity through the review and critical analysis of the guest presentation

// time

two hours

// final submission

class discussion - ask questions!

final report submitted in your journal


A past VU graduate will come into class and discuss their experience transitioning into the industry.

You are required to write a 500 word reflection on what were the main things you learnt from this.

Please ensure your reflection answers the following questions:

1. What were the main postives you took from the talk?

2. What were the main negatives you took from the talk?

3. Has the guest presentation helped you have a more deeper understanding of the process of creativity? If so how?

4. Has this guest presentation helped you obtain a broader reality of working in the industry? If so how?




Main text for this subject

Smith, Keri 2008, How to be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum, Penguin Books


Academic texts on creative research

Borgdorff, Henk 2010, "The Production of Knowledge in Artistic Research" in The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts, Routledge

Candy, Linda 2006, Practice Based Research: A Guide, Creativity & Cognition Studios, University of Technology, Sydney, CCS Report: 2006-V1.0 November, viewed 22/11/2010 < >

Fortnum, Rebecca 2009, "On Not Knowing; how artists think – Symposium Introduction", Symposium: On not knowing: how artists think, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, < >

Gray, C. & Malins, J ,1993, Research Procedures / Methodology for Artists & Designers, < >

Smith, Hazel & Dean, Roger T. (Editors) 2010, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press





For Next Week

Keep up to date with your explorer journal. Remember to add the following each week:

  1. A colourful and creative mindmap of the word of the week (one page)
  2. Find an article that you find interesting and write a 100 word reflection on it. (What did you like, did not like etc) Make sure you paste a copy of the article in your journal (two pages)
  3. A photo you have taken yourself that you find interesting. Make sure you date it, tell us its location and why you took it. (two pages)
  4. A treasure discovery. Find something from the urban landscape of Melbourne and place this in your journal. 

    Tell us why you find it interesting. (two pages)
  5. ALL Notes/examples of your weekly class activity.